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Gunfire, screams as cops clear pro-Morsi camps

14 August 2013, 14:16

Cape Town – A report says the sound of gunfire could be heard as Egyptian security forces backed by armoured vehicles and bulldozers, fired tear gas at  demonstrators who are demanding deposed Mohammed Morsi be reinstated as the country's leader.

Sky News said on Wednesday that there were reports more than 100 people were killed by officers as they cleared two protest camps loyal to Morsi.

The report said army troops were not taking part in the operation which began shortly after 07:00 local time in the capital Cairo.

A journalist at the scene of the Rabaa camp said he could hear screams of women as a cloud of white smoke hung over the site in the eastern suburb of Nasr City.

The Muslim Brotherhood that backs Morsi claimed more than 100 people had been killed in the crackdown, which is almost certain to deepen political turmoil in Egypt.

- News24


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